MLN Staff

Ivymount Staff are recognized among the best trained special educators in the Washington DC Metropolitan area.  They are master educators, experienced therapists and innovators who apply their skills, training and commitment with their students every day.  

The classroom teams are supported by highly trained professionals, including therapists and other specialists, who support student learning and skill acquisition through integrated and individualized service delivery. 

  MLN Leadership Team

Lauren Lestremau  is the Director of the Multiple Learning Needs Program.  Lauren is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Lauren completed her doctorate in School Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi and completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute through the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University within the Applied Behavior Analysis program the Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism at Ball State University within the Special Education Department. She has had the pleasure of supporting individuals with developmental disabilities aged 2-21 and their families across school, clinic, and home settings. Lauren has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at regional and national conferences, provided in-service trainings, and reviewed articles for peer-reviewed journals.  Lauren began at the Ivymount School in 2013 as a Program Supervisor in the MLN High School. Her areas of interest include the assessment and optimization of evidence-based instructional practices for individuals with developmental disabilities in small group instructional formats across academic and adaptive skill domains, teacher training and treatment integrity, and transition-related issues for individuals with developmental disabilities.
llestremau@ivymount.org

Megan Boucher is the Multiple Learning Needs Clinical Coordinator. Megan has worked at the Ivymount School since 2012, as a Behavior Analyst, Program Coordinator, and Clinical Coordinator. As Clinical Coordinator, Megan supervises a team of Behavior Analysts and Program Coordinators as they conduct functional assessments, develop function-based treatments, conduct learning needs assessments, oversee students’ adaptive programming, and provide training to staff on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Megan holds a master’s degree in ABA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  She received training on the assessment and treatment of problem behavior while working at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit.  Her areas of interests include prevention of the development of problem behavior, function-based assessment and treatment of problem behavior, evidence-based instructional practices for students with significant learning needs, and teacher/staff training.
mboucher@ivymount.org

Jessica Boyle is a Program Coordinator in the Multiple Learning Needs High School Program. SJessica has worked at the Ivymount School since 2017, as a Program Coordinator in the Elementary/Middle School and High School Divisions. Jessica is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Certified Special Education Teacher. She holds two Master’s Degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education from James Madison University. While completing her degree, Jessica worked in public schools, a non-public school setting, and at the Residential Treatment Facility at Melmark Pennsylvania. She has experience teaching and working with individuals with developmental disabilities aged 3-18 across home, clinic, and school settings. Jessica also works as a BCBA Consultant for Ivymount Endeavors, providing in-home ABA services to clients and their families. Her areas of interest include evidence-based instructional practices for students with disabilities, supervision and training of teachers, and assessment and treatment of problem behavior. 
jboyle@ivymount.org

Nicole Connor Moore is a Program Coordinator.  Nicole has worked at Ivymount since 2016 as a Behavior Analyst and Program Coordinator.  She is responsible for monitoring student academic and behavioral progress and supports with conducting functional assessments, developing interventions for behavioral and academic needs and providing staff training.  Nicole received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Western New England University.  While working towards her degree, she worked at the New England Center for Children both in Massachusetts and in the United Arab Emirates with students in both residential and day school settings. Her areas of professional areas of interest include assessment and treatment of challenging behavior, increasing functional alternative skills and staff training.
nconnormoore@ivymount.org

Brooke Hess is the Program Specialist in the Multiple Learning Needs Program. Brooke has worked at the Ivymount School since 2016 as a Special Education Math and Science Content Teacher in both the Elementary/Middle School and High School Divisions. As Program Specialist, Brooke works with the Science and Math Content Teams and continues to teach high school science courses. Brooke is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Certified Special Education Teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from University of Maryland, College Park, as well as 5 teaching certification endorsements across Special Education and General Education Content Areas (Science and Math). Previously, Brooke has worked within public school, in-home, and higher education settings working with individuals with differing learning needs. Her areas of interest include evidence-based instructional practices for students with disabilities including science and math content and curricula.
 bhess@ivymount.org

Zoey Knight is a Program Coordinator in the Multiple Learning Needs Elementary/Middle School at Ivymount. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Studies from Bowie State University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Zoey has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities aged 3-18 across home and school settings for more than 15 years. She has been working at Ivymount for seven years in several different positions. Her professional interests include treatment of problem behavior, parent and staff training.
zknight@ivymount.org

Victoria Keenan is a Program Coordinator in the Multiple Learning Needs High School Program. She has worked at the Ivymount School since 2016, as a 1:1 Assistant Teacher, Homeroom Teacher in Elementary/Middle School, and a Program Associate in High School. She has also worked as an In-Home Therapist for the Ivymount’s Outreach Program since 2018. Victoria is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has a Master’s Degree in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. Her areas of interest include assessment and treatment of problem behavior and teacher/staff training.
vkeenan@ivymount.org

Amanda (Mandy) Kousen
 is a Program Coordinator in the Multiple Learning Needs High School Program. Mandy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Certified Special Education Teacher. She holds two Master’s Degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education from James Madison University. Mandy has taught grades 1st – 12th with the adapted curriculum and for students with developmental disabilities. More recently, she has been practicing as a BCBA in alternative school settings. Her areas of professional interests include special education research, applied behavior analysis, evidence based practices, mathematical instruction and alternative instructional strategies.
akousen@ivymount.org

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